Spring is coming sooner than you think; time to start planting! This week on The Farm Report, Erin Fairbanks is talking with President and farmer at the Brooklyn Grange, Ben Flanner. Tune in to hear Ben talk about innovations in farm technology, and how these virtually simple tools can increase productivity for small farmers. Hear about the Grange’s expansion to the Brooklyn Navy Yards, and the need for a long-term lease in urban farm security. Hear about Ben’s educational retreat to Mexico, and find out what Ben looks for when scouring a seed catalog! How was the Grange affected by Hurricane Sandy? Find out on this week’s episode of The Farm Report! This episode has been brought to you by Whole Foods.

“One of the challenges of urban farming is that you need some sort of long-term stake on some property.” [10:40]

“In terms of inputs, everything we need is right here in the city- think about all of the organic waste in New York City!” [15:00]

Ben Flanner on The Farm Report